Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth Pattern

Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth by Janice Jones  

This free stockinette stitch dishcloth pattern is a great first project for anyone just learning how to knit. 

Other than a simple stockinette stitch pattern, meaning knit one row, purl the next, the only other design element includes a garter stitch border.  The border is added so that the dishcloth will lay flat without curling.

Stockinette stitch dishcloth with a garter stitch border knit in a pink cotton yarn.

Skill Level


Skills Needed to Complete this Free Knit Stockinette Stitch Dishcloth

How to make a knit stitch

How to make a purl stitch

How to cast on using the long tail cast on method

How to bind off

How to weave in ends.


k - knit

p - purl

CO - cast on

BO -bind off

*    *  Work instructions within the 2 asterisks for the total number of times indicated


  • 100% Cotton Worsted Weight (#4) Yarn
  • Knitting Needles: Size US 7 or 8 (4.5 to 5.0 mm)
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends.


All instructions use U.S. Terminology


Cast on 37 stitches.

Rows 1 - 4 Knit all stitches.

Row 5:  K4, Purl to last 4 sts.  K4.

Row 6:  K across

Row & 7 and beyond, Work Rows 5 and 6 until piece measures 7.5 inches or desired length.

Last 4 rows:  Knit across.

Bind off

Weave in End.

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

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